East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai

This is us, out there

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I found this picture, drawing analogies between the Cassini probe and us.


And it is fine, because this is what science does – science builds tools that extend our senses, that make us more so that we can explore the universe.

Cassini is burning in a literal blaze of glory as it plunges into the clouds of Saturn, just as I write these lines. It is the latest witness to our species’ vocation for exploration, for going there and look what we find there.

I honestly hope Cassini’s blaze is a light signaling our civilization has got its explorer’s mojo back and working.
It’s been damn boring these last few years on this planet.

Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

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